I would be delighted to visit your school as a children’s author.
I lead assemblies on becoming an author, love of reading, love of writing and the Greek myths. I am a qualified KS2 teacher and deliver class workshops on settings, character, building tension, editing and myth making.
I’m always happy to tailor-make a visit to suit your school’s particular requirements.
I have an M Phil in Writing and have also given author talks to A Level students and led adult classes in Creative Writing.
My rates are based on those suggested by the Society of Authors but will depend on individual requirements of the school.
Julia Wills, a local and talented writer, visited Northlands Primary School earlier this Year. Julia was an inspiration to our children and worked with some of our talented writers to explore what it means to become an author. She provided a well-planned, resourced and creative environment that not only enthused, but motivated our pupils to develop their own writing skills.
Julia also explained the process of becoming a published author, during a captivating assembly. She shared a chapter from one of her books – which many pupils then went on to purchase.
Northlands Primary school cannot thank Julia enough for her time and commitment to the children at school. Many of the pupils still talk about the day with excitement and often ask if she will visit again!
We hope so too!
Sam Carter, Deputy Head teacher and the Staff at Northlands Primary School.
Not only did the visit from Julia Wills give our children the opportunity to meet a real-life author, and purchase books that were signed there and then, but she also tailored her workshops with the children to our needs and what we asked for. The children were completely inspired and couldn’t wait to get on and write their own myths! We all had an excellent day and I would thoroughly recommend a visit from Julia Wills to other schools.
Claire Branson, Deputy Head teacher, Paddox Primary School, Rugby
Julia visited us at West Haddon Primary as part of our drive on raising the profile of reading and writing within school. Both our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children were so excited to meet Julia and were enthralled with how she invented the characters in her stories. They had great fun working with Julia to develop their own characters for use in their own stories. Julia’s ‘Fleeced!’ series of books are perfect for using in line with a Key Stage 2 topic on Ancient Greece, and we’d love to have her back to help our children write top quality myths!
Dan Lugg – Class Teacher & Literacy Co-ordinator, West Haddon Primary School Northamptonshire
Julia Wills delivered a fascinating creative writing workshop for ages 9 to 11 at the classics centre at Cheney School. The pupils were engaged and inspired to find out more about Julia’s novels and explore the process of writing with ancient stories. They all greatly enjoyed the experience, and I would recommend Julia to schools for a stimulating and creative workshop!
Dr Lorna Robinson – Director: The Iris Project & Classics Centre at Cheney, Oxford
When Julia visited our school it was a great opportunity for our children to find out about what it is really like to become an author. It was really inspiring and encouraged the children to continue to work hard at their reading and writing and to try, try and try again to succeed.
Caroline Pruden, Year 6 teacher & Literacy Co-ordinator, Hillmorton Primary School
Thanks Julia, for coming and running our Writing Academy. All the children went away full of enthusiasm and brimming with ideas for their own stories with gripping settings! Thanks, too, for meeting our Book Reviewers and talking to them about your life and your writing. They all absolutely loved ‘Fleeced’ and gave it a 5 star rating!
Sue Steel, Simply Books Independent Bookshop, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire
‘Fleeced!’ and ‘Rampage!’ (Templar; Piccadilly Press) present a lively twist on the Greek myths and are guaranteed to give children a good laugh. Both books bring the Ancient Greeks vividly to life in madcap adventures starring a different sort of Greek hero: Aries, the bald, ghost ram, still fuming after Jason’s theft of his beautiful Golden Fleece. The books feature comic glossaries and wear their learning lightly.
‘Fleeced!’ was chosen for the 2014 Arts Council Summer Reading Challenge by a nationwide panel of librarians and children’s reading groups. It won “Best Fantasy Novel” in the Wirral Grammar School for Boys’ Oscars and both it and ‘Rampage!’ have received several five-star reviews from Amazon, The Guardian on-line and from teachers, parents, librarians and most importantly, children. The books are on sale in bookshops across the UK, and also at The British Museum, The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and The Fitzwilliam in Cambridge and regularly go out in School Library Services boxes to many schools across the UK.